Hand washing helps children “beat the bad bugs”

Hand washing helps children “beat the bad bugs”

Reduction in common infections through hand hygiene

The importance of teaching hand washing has been referred to a “the most important lesson a child can learn” – a message that is being currently emphasised in the south west of England, as evidenced by a recent article that was published on both the Exeter Express & Echo and Torquay Herald Express websites.

It is reported that Public Health England is being supported by Torbay Council’s Public Health Team – with the objective of helping children to learn effective hand washing techniques from an early age.

Tina Crowson, who wrote the article, quotes Councillor Derek Mills Torbay’s Deputy Mayor and Executive Lead for Health and Wellbeing, as saying

“Preventing infections in the first place is key, and good hygiene can reduce the spread of disease and the reliance on medicines.”

“I strongly encourage that all children are taught the importance of good hygiene from a young age so that it becomes second nature to them as they grow up.”

Recommended for children in nurseries and schools

The report lists things that should be included in the teaching process for children, two elements of which are “How to wash and dry their hands properly” and “When they need to wash their hands”.

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Teach hand washing in preschool and nursery

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn at a preschool or EYFS facility – and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill.

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands inside or out.

Free EYFS worksheets based around hand washing for children »